2011 Audi
A5 Premium
vs. 2011 BMW
328i

2011 Audi A5 Premium

9.8

starting from

$39,075

Reasons to buy the Audi A5 Premium

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Rear air conditioning
Optional
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Good highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Good range in the city
355 miles
2011 BMW 328i

9.4

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
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"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
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Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Average 0-60 time
6.3 seconds
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Child door locks
Standard
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More passenger seats
5
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Average-sized back seats
41.4 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • The A5 Premium's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The A5 Premium's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the A5 Premium's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 490 miles vs 403 miles
  • A standard folding rear seat on the A5 Premium is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 328i
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Audi A5 Premium Winner: A5 Premium
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Almost the same, 36.1 ft vs 37.4 ft
  • The 328i's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.7 lb/hp vs 17.4 lb/hp
  • Around 10% more powerful, 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The A5 Premium's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 328i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The A5 Premium has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the A5 Premium; but it's not available at all on the 328i

Luxury Features

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A5 Premium
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2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the A5 Premium's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the A5 Premium's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the 328i; optional upgrade on the A5 Premium
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Practicality

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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The 328i has lots of passenger seats and the A5 Premium is OK, too
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Highway driving range 490 miles vs 403 miles The A5 Premium has great highway range, but the 328i is very limited
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Cargo space 12.2 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 50.7 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The 328i has average-sized front seats, while the A5 Premium is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the {better} is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the {worse}
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The A5 Premium's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $39,075 vs $37,475 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 17 mpg The A5 Premium has great city mileage and the 328i is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Performance

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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 211 HP @ 4,300 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 8 vs 6 The A5 Premium has more gears and the 328i is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the A5 Premium's semi-automatic transmission and the 328i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The A5 Premium's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.4 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 36.1 ft The 328i can make tight turns, and the A5 Premium is comparable to most other vehicles

Crash Test Ratings

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A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Audi
A5 Premium
2011 Audi A5 Premium
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 8.0 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The 328i's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the A5 Premium is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 89.0 mph mph vs 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.92 g vs 0.88 g The A5 Premium has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average 328i
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

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